If you’re reading this post, chances are that you love hip hop music and/or you’re an aspiring producer who would love to know which kind of equipment you should acquire when it comes to creating your beats. If that’s the case, you’re in the right place. In this post, we’re going to take a look at all the essential equipment you’ll need to create your first beat.
Before we being it’s important to note that you don’t need a boatload of gear in the beginning stages. As such, do not make the mistake of purchasing an abundance of gear and focus on crafting your new skill instead.
Here are the essential pieces of gear that you’ll need to create a beat.
1) Dedicated PC/Laptop
For you to make the most out of your equipment, you need a reliable laptop/computer. The reason being is that your computer will operate as the brains or center of your studio. When it comes to acquiring a computer, ensure that you acquire something that is strong enough to support a high-quality graphics card and that it has at least 4 GB of ram. As far as the operating system goes, it doesn’t matter if you purchase a MAC or Windows based computer because most music related programs are compatible with Mac and Windows based systems. Additionally, ensure that you utilize this computer for music production only.
2) Digital Audio Workstation
After you have acquired a fast enough computer, the next thing you’ll need is a digital audio workstation. A digital audio workstation is essentially a black piece of paper that hip hop music producers can utilize to create their beats on. It’s a computer program that is specifically designed to enable the recording, mixing, editing and mastering of files. By acquiring a digital audio workstation, you will be able to produce your beats. However, it is worth noting that every digital audio workstation has a unique interface. As such, you should plan on committing yourself to your chosen audio workstation. Some of the most popular digital audio workstations that have been used by popular rappers such as Soulja Boy (FL Studio) include:
3) Virtual Studio Technology
After you have selected a good digital audio workstation, you’ll need to acquire a VST before your digital recording studio is complete. VST or Virtual Studio Technology is essentially utilized in combination with a digital audio workstation to simulate a full blown recording studio. Even though there is an abundance of professionally made VSTs out there, it’s highly recommended that as a beginner, you should utilize the free options that are available.
4) Quality Headphones
The last thing you will need is a pair of high-quality headphones. This can prove to be a more cost effective solution than for you to invest an abundance of money into creating an acoustically treated room that features expensive sound isolation pads, high-quality speakers, and bass traps. Even if you plan to invest in acoustic treatment for your room, as a beginner in hip hop music production, your main focus should be on crafting and honing your skills, before you move on to invest in more equipment. When it comes to buying a pair of quality headphones, chances are that you will not find a pair of studio quality headphones for under $100. Bear this in mind when it comes to choosing a pair of headphones that are affordable yet provide studio audio quality as well.
djTLMtv did a really great video on what you need to start making beats. Check it out below: